Initial Political Involvement
In 1867, while settling in Victoriaville, Wilfrid Laurier quickly became involved in regional politics. With Confederation achieved, Laurier chose to become even more actively involved in politics to defend his ideas and values. During the first Canadian election and with the party of the Reform Association of Lower Canada, he participated in the group created by the union of the liberals of the Order and Union Nationale nationalists.
Although this party was not destined for a very glorious future, Laurier renewed ties with his collaborators in Montréal, and with their ideas. He backed the candidate in his county during the election. When his candidate lost, he experienced his first bitter electoral defeat. But this was only the beginning.